The Most Popular Posts at the Zen Garden: 1st Half of 2010

Top 10 Posts: 2010

Below you’ll find the most popular posts within the first 6 months of 2010.

I enjoy writing these Top-10-Posts articles every now and then, as many of you are aware. For me it’s just fun, but I think it also helps Google and other search engines proper index my most popular sites.

There. I confess this is a kind of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) “white hat” technique that I’ve been doing these past few years, which seems to work, I think.

If anything, at least this habit:

  • keeps me aware of my most popular posts.
  • helps me to get writing ideas for new posts by looking back at older ones.
  • helps me to simply reflect on my work here.
  • forces me to look at my statistics on Google Analytics.
  • helps me to understand what my audience finds most entertaining and interesting.

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Most Popular Posts :: January to June 2010

Pilipinas kong Mahal!

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1. Are Filipinos Asian?

22 FB Shares. 2 Retweets. 69 Comments.

Far and away the most popular post, there simply has been much controversy surrounding this simple question. But the answer lies in the complex issues of national and ethnic identity. Filipinos are understandable a mixture of ethnicities and cultures that, simply put, defines who Filipinos are… unique people… but although matters of geography seem to be played down when it comes to a people within a given region, it truly is a very important factor.

Who is to say is an American for instance? Ethnicity can’t really come into play here because you have your native Americans, decendants of Europeans, and immigrants coming in from around the world who become naturalized. Of course, regardless of race or color anyone born in America is a citizen.

Who is Asian? Many have a narrow concentric view that Chinese, Koreans and Japanese are the true Asians, but no one denies that Singaporeans are Asian, nor Thai people, Malaysians and Indonesians are usually considered Asian, and of course, Indians, Tibetans, Nepalese and so on. But with Filipinos there is a question mark. And it’s not just non-Filipino people but the Filipinos themselves who have varying opinions on the matter!

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2. Spotlight on Angelina Jolie: Just What Does She Eat, Anyway?

2 FB Shares. 2 Retweets. 5 Comments.

Yesterday, I saw the trailer/preview to the movie Salt (starring Angelina Jolie). She looked great! Her complexion looked as radiant as ever. Though, many people have mentioned (including my wife) that she seemed skinnier than usual. And, supposedly she passed out during the making of the film, with rumors that she was on a special diet that caused her to lose even more weight. Thus, the controversy continues regarding whether she might be anorexic or not.

Of course, there is no proof (medically speaking) that she is, in fact, anorexic. But the Salt movie looks like a very action-packed film, so I imagine she had to get physical.

Anyway, the facts in my article were based mostly from her Tomb Raider training days. I don’t think anyone is absolutely sure what she is currently eating nowadays, but most people seem to think not much.

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3. Are Filipinos Asian? – Part 2

7 FB Shares. 1 Retweet. 46 Comments.

Just a continuation from Part 1, this article just adds to what had already been said, plus adding statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau that specifically classified Filipinos as part of the Asian group, and clearly defining true Pacific Islanders.

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4. How Much Did It Cost in the 1960s?

2 FB Shares. 2 Retweets. 0 Comments.

Call me nostalgic, but I do have fond memories of buying bubble gum and other candies from the local “nickel & dime” store for a few pennies each!

Of course, everything seemed cheaper back then, but it was just a matter of inflation. Minimum wage back then was around $1.25 an hour.

And obviously, The Beatles reigned during most of the 1960s, and buy 45’s and LP records were even cheaper. With music, times have changed and most everything is in the digital domain and is downloadable from your computer. But, those old 45’s seemed more tangible and you could even play frisbie when them. Something I very much later regretted. Imagine the money I could make on eBay, had I only kept those 45’s in pristine condition, rather than playing frisbie with them and watching them disintegrate out in the street!

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5. Preview: Ubuntu Linux 10.04 “Lucid Lynx”

1 FB Share. 5 Retweets. 0 Comments.

I had downloaded the Beta2 version of Ubuntu “Lucid Lynx”, and didn’t have any major problems with it. Sure there were minor glitches that have long been forgotten. Nowadays, I’m running this latest version of Ubuntu and I haven’t had any problems. And I’m not dual-booted with Windows or any other OS. I’m kicking it 100% with Ubuntu Linux 10.4 “Lucid Lynx”.

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6. Keith Jarrett – Solo Piano: Tour Dates in 2010!!

1 FB Shares. 2 Retweets. 0 Comments.

Ever since his Koln Concert was released back in the 70s, I’ve been a big fan of Keith Jarrett’s work, especially his “live” solo piano concerts, which all have been improvised out of thin air.

He has already finished solo piano concerts for the year, it seems. Now the trio (featuring Keith Jarrett: piano, Gary Peacock: double bass, Jack DeJohnette: drums) is finishing up concerts in Europe and is schedule to do a series of concert this Fall in Japan.

Somehow, this one post had become quite popular through the search engines. So, even though it’s a blog post from the past, I still currently update the concert dates on this page when I can.

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7. I Carry Your Heart: by E.E. Cummings

12 FB Shares. 3 Retweets. 12 Comments.

Possibly E.E. Cummings best poem. I simply re-arranged its structure, since everyone knows that he had a unique and unconventional way of phrasing in his poetry.

8. Yes, Filipinos Are Asian!

9 FB Shares. 3 Retweets. 43 Comments.

This was actually my original post related to the “Are Filipinos Asian?” controversy, written back in February 2006. It was mainly a response to a few haters out there who didn’t think to highly of the Filipino people. Thus, had to get the word across in a more detailed fashion, and as intelligently as I could write.

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9. CD Review: World Is India

3 FB Shares. 3 Retweets. 8 Comments.

This post became surprisingly popular, but especially because I had added this to the “store” on my site and I had sold quite a few CDs. So, Bollywood and Indian/World dubb music is still alive and well, and people can truly appreciate it. In fact, many other styles of music around the world, from Jazz to Hip Hop, have been influenced by Indian Music.

And, thanks to movies like Monsoon Wedding, Bend It Like Beckham, and Slumdog Millionaire; that have contained some great Indian-influenced music in their soundtracks. It just brings Indian Music to a wider audience.

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10. 100% Raw Cacao-Banana Smoothies

6 FB Shares. 3 Retweets. 8 Comments.

This recipe (and post) has been getting quite a few hits this year. A lot of people love chocolate, and jumping into a raw/living foods diet is a being change in one’s dietary habits. As great as the diet can be health-wise, it is quite challenging and one must make quite a transition and face many “social” challenges to get there. Having a 100% Raw Cacao Banana Smoothie is a great transition food for chocolate lovers.

The recipe is quite simple, and it only takes a few minutes to make with the few ingredients and a blender. And, this is a good “pick me up” in the morning.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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